Wednesday, March 15, 2017

ABC Wednesday - J - Junk - Victoria Harbour - Hong Kong


One of my favourite views of Victoria Harbour in Hong Kong is one that contains the magnificent  old junk the Aqua Luna.   Perfect for the letter J for ABC Wednesday


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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

ABC Wednesday - I - Ironwork - Bangor Pier - Wales

Bangor Pier

My choice today for ABC Wednesday Letter I is Ironwork photographed on Bangor Pier during a visit last Autumn.  

Detail of Pier Side Railings.

Entrance to Bangor Pier

Detail from the gate.

I have included here a brief history of  Bangor Pier  courtesy of  Website - The Pier where you can read the full article.

'Bangor pier was designed by Westminster based JJ Webster and was built for a total of £14,475. The pier was completed in 1896, and was opened to the public on May 14th.Once construction had finished pier was 1550 feet (470m) long. The amazing length of the pier made it the ninth longest in England and Wales.

The pier was built mainly of steel and iron columns; the decking was wooden and had covered kiosks at regular intervals along its length. At the end of the pier a boat landing stage was constructed, this was initially linked to a narrow gauge railway link for baggage carrying. After careful thought and planning the railway link was removed not long after it was built.

In 1971 it was decided that the pier was no longer safe for the public to use and it was closed. The arfon borough council took ownership and in 1974 decided demolition was the only answer. The local council put in an objection and gained a preservation order. The preservation order made the pier a grade 2 listed building. The listed status helped the seaside pier considerably as it was considered one of the finest 3 piers in Britain at the time.

Later on in 1975 the local council bought the pier for a mere one pence, the next task was raising funds for the repairs. The fund rising took a total of seven years to complete. Later on down the line, after the funding was in place the rebuild of the pier took a further six years to finish off.

The project was helped considerably by the national heritage memorial fund. On the 7th May 1988 the seaside pier was reopened to the public'.

However by 2011 more expensive renovations were needed, the timeline of which can be read on The National Piers Society Website.   Thankfully the Pier remains open.

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More can be learnt about this Victorian Pier by visiting the following links.

Trip Advisor - Bangor Pier     Bangor Pier    National Piers Society

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

ABC Wednesday - H - Hawker - Inle Lake - Myanmar (Burma)

Hawker - Inle Lake - Myanmar

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Lots more photographs and information about Myanmar can be found by visiting my Travel Tales posts from my visit to this beautiful country.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Macro Monday - Nests of Pine Processionary Caterpillar - Troodos Mountains - Cyprus

Whilst on holiday in Cyprus last week I came across these fascinating tent nests that use pine trees as hosts. Locals told me it is the larva of a poisonous caterpillar and thanks to Wikipedia I have found out it is pine processionary caterpillar and contact with the hairs of the caterpillar can cause an allergic reaction!

 I thought it made a good subject for this photography blog.

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

ABC Wednesday - E - Elephant Ride - Angkor - Cambodia

Angkor is one of the most important archaeological sites in South-East Asia. Stretching over some 400 km2, including forested area, Angkor Archaeological Park contains the magnificent remains of the different capitals of the Khmer Empire, from the 9th to the 15th century. They include the famous Temple of Angkor Wat and, at Angkor Thom, the Bayon Temple with its countless sculptural decorations. UNESCO has set up a wide-ranging programme to safeguard this symbolic site and its surroundings.

After a long day visiting the temples in the Archaeological Park we wanted to see the sunset, which meant a trek uphill quite a distance and it seemed like an ideal opportunity to take an elephant ride.

It was a fun experience and we were impressed with the treatment that the mahouts gave to the elephants in their care. I cannot recall the name of the one that gave us a ride but I do remember he was over 50 years old, the elephant that is!

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More Information about Angkor Archaeological Park  can be found by visiting the following links.

Angkor Archaeological Park      Trip Advisor      Wiki- Travel 

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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

ABC Wednesday - D - Doors - Viterbo Region - Italy

My contribution to ABC Wednesday this week for the letter D is a selection of photographs of Doors in the Viterbo region of Italy.  I have a fascination with Doorways and these are just a few from my collection.

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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

ABC Wednesday - C - Country Cottage and Cyclists - Stratford upon Avon - England

My contribution to ABC Wednesday this week for the letter C is a pair of Cyclists in front of this traditional  English Country Cottage in the Stratford upon Avon area in England.

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